The Need for FTI’s E-discovery Services in France
In this interview, Thomas Sely explains that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the uncertainty around Brexit has driven greater e-discovery opportunities in France. Although there is no e-discovery obligation in French litigation, the parties may still want to look at their own data, and litigation or investigations in France may be part of wider global actions in which discovery is required.
Thomas says that the main driver in France is intense activity from regulators, especially the French Competition Authority, who have been imposing large fines in recent years. Employment law, data protection law and the GDPR, privacy and the so-called "blocking statute” preventing certain transfers of data out of France, all require attention.
The French data protection authority, CNIL, has issued some guidance, such as the importance of searching data in France before any of it leaves the country. For this reason FTI has opened a data centre in France to help organisations better manage their data risk.